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Sao Jose dos Campos, Brazil, 2013/02/28 - Jetairfly, the Belgian subsidiary of TUI Travel PLC (“TUI Travel”), one of the world’s leading leisure travel groups, has received the first of two EMBRAER 190 leased from BOC Aviation, the Singapore-based aircraft leasing company - Embraer.com. NYSE: ERJ; Bovespa: EMBR3
The aircraft was delivered during a ceremony at Embraer’s headquarters in São José dos Campos, Brazil. The second E190 is due to follow during the first semester of 2013.
Jetairfly’s E190s are configured with 112 slim line seats in a single-class layout. The company plans to operate the aircraft from Brussels airport to various destinations in its European network including Faro in Portugal, Málaga in Spain, and Zakynthos in Greece.
“Not only are we welcoming a new customer to our portfolio of E-Jet operators, the airline’s selection is yet another endorsement of the versatility of the E-Jets product line”, said Paulo Cesar Silva, President and CEO, Embraer Commercial Aviation. “Jetairfly will deploy its E190s to offer its passengers more nonstop options more often and to more destinations.”
The delivery to Jetairfly broadens the range of business applications of E-Jets. The 70- to 120- seat, four-aircraft family is flying today with low fare airlines, in regional networks, with full-service mainline carriers and now with tour operators, like TUI Travel.
“We are very enthusiastic about welcoming this first EMBRAER 190 in Jetairfly’s fleet and start operations with this brand new aircraft. It will allow us to schedule new direct routes with one of the most eco-efficient aircraft, providing our passengers with a high level of comfort,” stated Elie Bruyninckx, Chairman of Jetairfly. “The E190 will help us to right size demand on some seasonal routes and lower our operational costs.”
“The introduction of this first E190 to Jetairfly’s fleet further consolidates our company’s partnership with TUI Travel PLC and also with Embraer. We are delighted to be the first aircraft leasing company to deliver the E190 to a tour operator and we are able to do it because the economics of the aircraft works for this business,” said Robert Martin, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of BOC Aviation.
Since entering revenue service in 2004, Embraer has received more than 1,000 E-Jet orders. There are over 60 customers from 40 countries who are operating E-Jets. More than 900 E-Jets have been delivered to customers around the world.
Jetairfly is a Belgian airline founded in November 2003. It commenced operations in March 2004. It has grown to be the second largest airline in the country and carried more than 2.7 million passengers in 2012. This summer, Jetairfly will have a fleet of 21 aircraft deployed on medium and long haul routes. Thanks to an intensive modernization program, Jetairfly boasts the youngest and most modern fleet in Belgium. The airline flies to 105 destinations (163 routes) during the summer and to 46 destinations (60 routes) during the winter. Flights depart from Brussels, Ostend, Liège and Charleroi.
About TUI Travel PLC
TUI Travel PLC (tuitravelplc.com) is one of the world’s leading international leisure travel groups operating in approximately 180 countries worldwide. It serves more than 30 million customers in over 31 source markets. Headquartered in the UK, the Group employs approximately 54,000 people and operates a pan-European airline group consisting of 141 aircraft. The company is organised and managed through three business Sectors: Mainstream, Specialist & Activity and Accommodation & Destinations. In the financial year ended 30 September 2012, TUI Travel had revenues of £14.5bn and an underlying operating profit of £490m.
About BOC Aviation
BOC Aviation (bocaviation.com) is the leading Asia-based aircraft leasing company with a portfolio of  owned and managed aircraft operated by airlines worldwide and another  aircraft on firm order and another  on committed purchase and leaseback. The Company has one of the youngest fleets in the industry with an average owned aircraft age of less than four years. BOC Aviation is 100% owned by Bank of China, one of the largest banks in the world. BOC Aviation will be celebrating its 20th anniversary this year.
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